The Indian Navy on Sunday detected a skeleton, possibly of another missing miner, trapped deep within the 370-feet-deep coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, officers said.
At least 15 miners were trapped after water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into the black rat-hole mine in Lumthari village within the Ksan area on December 13 last year. 2 decomposed bodies were noticed earlier and out of them, only 1 body could be recovered, the officials said.
On Sunday the rescue operations, the longest in the country, continued for the 74th day.
The Army has additionally joined the rescue operations along with the Navy, the NDRF and other agencies.
“The underwater ROV of the Indian Navy on Sunday detected skeletons of the third miner deep within the coal mine. Efforts are on to retrieve it,” a senior district official told.
He said the skeletal remains were detected over 150 feet far from the bottom of the 370-feet-deep vertical mine shaft wherever the miners are trapped. Operation proponent R Susngi aforesaid the “completely” decomposed body was detected and efforts are on to retrieve it.
The second body set last month but it had slipped away from the jaws of the ROV.
The process of pumping water out of the mine is also on with 3 different organisations like the Coal India Ltd, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd and KSB, discharging over 1 crore litres of water in a span of 24 hours, he said.
The Supreme Court is monitoring the operation closely and the matter can come up for hearing on Monday.